Young Explorers Early Childhood Program

Important Back to School Information and Dates

School Supply List

Aug. 22 - 9 a.m. Young Explorers AM Meet and Greet
Aug. 22 - 1 p.m. Young Explorers PM Meet and Greet
Aug. 23 - First Day of School!
Young Explorers classroomreading timeRed nose dayYoung Explorers graduation

Each Young Explorers class is limited to 15 students and is supported with a teacher, classroom aide and programming by professional services staff.

The Young Explorers day is filled with a variety of activities, including independent reading time.

Students learn about helping others and community service. During Red Nose Day they learned about poverty.

Young Explorers celebrate graduation to kindergarten with an end-of-the-year ceremony.


The Young Explorers Program features a blended model to serve special education, at-risk, and typically developing peers.  Young Explorers is located at Westmoor School, 2500 Cherry Lane, Northbrook, and serves all families within District 28 boundaries. 


The Young Explorers Early Childhood Program exists to nurture resilient, inquisitive learners with a strong sense of citizenship and love for learning. 


The Young Explorers Early Childhood Program seeks to create an engaging learning environment for young children through developmentally appropriate practices aligned to the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.  Our program encourages exploration and skill development through child-centered experiences that build self-confidence and connections between learning and natural environments. The program serves special needs students, at-risk students and typically developing students in a blended classroom model.


Students are enrolled into the program after they have participated in a development screening.  Children may participate in a screening session after they are 3 years old.  Screenings occur once a month. Dates for 2018 are: Jan. 31, Feb.20, March 23, April 16, May 18 and June 1.

Children will participate in a play-based screening in the areas of cognition, language, fine and gross motor skills, social-emotional functioning, and adaptive skills.  Screenings are by appointment only.   To schedule a screening, please contact Helene Josephson, Administrative Assistant for Early Childhood at 847-504-3809.  

Ages/School Calendar

The program is for 2.5 hours a day, Monday through Friday. There are morning and afternoon sessions.
  •  AM classes will be for students turning 3 by Sept. 1: 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  •  PM classes will only be for students turning 4 by Sept. 1: 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


Spots open throughout the year as students celebrate birthdays. To sign up for classes, enroll online today.

Questions/More Information

For more information, please contact Jenna Duffy, Assistant Director for Student Services/Elementary at